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    DescriptionThe end of human history is an event that has been foreseen or announced by both messianics and dialecticians. But who is the protagonist of that history that is coming - or has come - to a close? What is man? How did he come on the scene? And how has he maintained his privileged place as the master of, or first among, the animals? In The Open, contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the "human" has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether. In an argument that ranges from ancient Greek, Christian, and Jewish texts to twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Benjamin, and Kojeve, Agamben examines the ways in which the distinction between man and animal has been manufactured by the logical presuppositions of Western thought, and he investigates the profound implications that the man/animal distinction has had for disciplines as seemingly disparate as philosophy, law, anthropology, medicine, and politics.


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    Title
    The Open
    Subtitle
    Man and Animal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Kevin Attell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 120
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 6 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804747387
    ISBN 10: 0804747385
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    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: JHM, HPC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC classification: BD450
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 128
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: PHI010000
    Abridged Dewey: 128
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    LC classification: BD450 .A3613 2004
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    Thema V1.0: QDH, JHM
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    25 October 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Giorgio Agamben is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Venice. This is the fifth of his books published by Stanford; previous titles are "Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life" (1998), "The Man Without Content" (1999), "The End of the Poem" (1999), and "Potentialities" (1999).
    Review quote
    "[The Open] turns to perhaps the most basic distinction of existence: that between human beings and animals. The thin volume provides an impressive historical survey of the problem, offering a dizzying scope of debate over the nature of animality, including expositions of figures as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Georges Bataille, Heidegger, Alexander Kojeve, Benjamin, and the German zoologist Jakob von Uexkull." - Radical Philosophy Review
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    The end of human history is an event that has been foreseen or announced by both messianics and dialecticians. But who is the protagonist of that history that is coming--or has come--to a close? What is man? How did he come on the scene? And how has he maintained his privileged place as the master of, or first among, the animals? In The Open, contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the "human" has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether. In an argument that ranges from ancient Greek, Christian, and Jewish texts to twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Benjamin, and Kojeve, Agamben examines the ways in which the distinction between man and animal has been manufactured by the logical presuppositions of Western thought, and he investigates the profound implications that the man/animal distinction has had for disciplines as seemingly disparate as philosophy, law, anthropology, medicine, and politics.